dj sniff (Takuro Mizuta Lippit) is a turntable musician working in the field of improvised and experimental music. His music focuses on the live reconstruction and narrativization of the phonographically amplified – the music, the sound, the technology and the past. To achieve this, he uses a unique setup of custom hardware and software along with one turntable and DJ mixer. He hopes he can reflect his influences from Hip-Hop and Free Jazz not stylistically but through an exploration of a distinct instrumental voice and practice.
He is also a concert/event curator for electronic music and a researcher of music technology.
While studying Art History and Philosophy in Tokyo, he was active as a DJ in the underground electronic music scene and formed a collective called smashTV productions which organized genre-mixing events such as anti-Gravity and bistro-Smash!. In 2002, he moved to New York to pursue graduate studies in computer music and physical computing at NYU’s ITP (Interactive Telecommunications Program). During this period he released a handful of DJ mixes.
Since 2005 he has been involved with STEIM’s (Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music, Amsterdam) R&D lab. From 2007 on, he is STEIM’s Artistic Director, guiding the institution’s creative output and representing it’s activities through performing and lecturing around the world.
In 2010, he released his first solo album “the play-back” through lebanese label Annihaya. During the first half of 2011 his 2nd album based on Evan Parker recordings will be released from Parker’s label Psi.
He regularly performs in projects with eRikM, Tatsuhisa Yamamoto, Astro Twin (Ami Yoshida & Utah Kawasaki), Adachi Tomomi, Keir Neuringer, Raed Yassin, Yutaka Makino. In the past he has played with Evan Parker, Otomo Yoshihide, Akira Sakata, David Toop, Martin Tetreault, Michel Waisvisz, DJ L?K?O, Ryu Hankil, John Edwards, Mark Sanders, John Richards, and many others.
Jan Zimmermann is a “live only” musician and notorious improviser with strong impact of retro style technical focus. While performing a wide variety of styles from proletarian drug-head pleasing rave-music to media specific conceptual activities, he prefers thinking of environments to be handled, rather than instruments to be played. This is resulting in unique ever-changing performance setups.
Semerssuaq [WJ Meatball + JD Zazie]
Semerssuaq are WJ Meatball (Jealousy Party, Sistemi Audiofobici Burp) and JD Zazie (B Unit, Penates).
The freeform Cut’ n Roll duo was born in Florence at the end of the 90âČs at the Soul Limbo Studio based in C.P.A. Fi-Sud. From that improvised, freeform/rock and electronic music scene, they developed their technique manipulating sound using basically DJ tools.
Collaborations with Brynja Cortes AndrĂ©sdĂłttir (cello), CCMonkey (violin), Edoardo Ricci (wind instruments) and Letizia Renzini (electronics) have been occasions to develope their language into electro-acoustic and electronic music.
In 2009, after a break of three years and a half, the project Semerssuaq started again.
MARTIN LORENZ was born in 1974. He studied percussion at the Conservatories of Zurich and Amsterdam and at the Conservatoire National de RĂ©gion Rueil-Malmaison near Paris, his teachers being Horst Hofmann, Jan Pustjens, Marinus Komst, Peter Prommel, Gaston Sylvestre and FranĂ§ois Bedel. His interest in music theatre led him to take part in master classes with Jean-Pierre Drouet und Georges Aperghis.
Since 1999, Martin Lorenz has worked as a freelance percussionist on the contemporary and experimental music scene and has realized solo and chamber music projects with assorted partners: in a duo with Petra Ronner (piano), with Conrad Steinmann (Ensemble Diferencias, Ensemble Melpomen), with Teodora Stepancic (piano/composition), with Canto Battuto (Eva Nievergelt and Christoph Brunner), with the Trio Atros, the ‘ensemble fĂŒr neue musik zĂŒrich’ and others. These partnerships have resulted in collaborative projects with composers such as Edu Haubensak, Sam Hayden, Michael Heisch, Hans Joachim Hespos, Mischa KĂ€ser, Daniel Mouthon, Daniel Weissberg, Tao Yu and Alfred Zimmerlin, whose works Martin Lorenz has premiered.
Martin Lorenz began to use electronics to complement his arsenal of percussion instruments, and thus expanded his spectrum of expressive forms towards installation work and music on the fringes of club culture. This versatility is also characteristic of his work as a composer; his oeuvre includes solo and ensemble pieces. Furthermore, he has created a series of electronic works for his performances as a DJ, which he has published with DUMPF EDITION
in a small limited edition on records prepared by hand.
Martin Lorenz is a member of the Collegium Novum ZĂŒrich and of the Trio Nexus, Berlin. He has given concerts in Switzerland, Germany, England, Italy, China, Japan, Egypt and at the Lucerne Festival and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
Vinyl -Terror & -Horror
is a collaboration between Camilla SĂžrensen and Greta Christensen.
Their approach to music starts from a visual and sculptural practice.
Physical deconstruction and rearrangement of the vinyl media in all imaginative ways is strongly influencing their sounds. Playing with a high tolerance level of possible hi- fi disasters or magical moments occurring. In the random and sculptural there is also a narrative and a story being told. The set is a soundtrack for an imaginary horror movie.
Live vinyl -terror & -horror are using exclusively modified turntables and vinyl records. Cut up and mistreated records looping and creaking from dust and sloppy treatment. Pick-up’s being pushed disrespectfully over grooves. records spinning backwards and forwards while played from multiple pick-ups simultaneously.
repetitive arrangements, dark sounds, neck breaking mixes, film-amateur sound effects, scratches, quieks, vinyls, terror and horror.
Date: Saturday 30th April, 2011
Time: 21:00 Open, 22:00 Starts
Venue: Naher Osten, Alt-Stralau 69, 10245 Berlin, Germany